The traumatized natives of Southern Kaduna have accused the Kaduna state governor, Nasiru El-Rufai of taking sides against them in the ongoing attacks in their ancestral land.
According to them, the utterances, actions and inaction of the governor who is the Chief Security officer of the state is a clear indication of the governor’s position on the activities of their attackers.
Spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Mr. Luka Binniyat while speaking with our reporter, said the governor has the key to end the killings if he wants.
“The problem we have in Kaduna state today is that governor Nasiru El-Rufai has clearly taken side against us, each time our people are killed, he doesn’t care to go after the killers, instead, he sounds happy, stating that it is revenge killing”, he said.
Mr. Binniyat said the governor has criminalized their people who came out with sticks to defend their communities against attacks and legalized what he calls “revenge” by the Fulanis against Christians.
“El-Rufai is the A to Z problem and solution of security in southern Kaduna. As far as we the natives of southern Kaduna are concerned, we are the ones at the receiving end, we are the ones that are suffering so the quest for peace cannot be ruled out from our own side.
“We want peace and we believe that if governor El-Rufai is sincere and willing to end the Fulani attacks, he will do it. But we have discovered that the committee he set up to bring out a white paper on the 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis was just to get an opportunity to implement his vengeance and hate against the people of southern Kaduna.
“We in SOKAPU have lost faith in Nasiru El-Rufai completely, we do not believe that he has the willingness to bring peace by his words and utterances” the SOKAPU spokesman opined.
He called on the international community and people of conscience to put pressure on both the federal and state government to do the needful.
Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai had in a Channels TV program claimed to pay the Fulani herdsmen “compensation” as part of his efforts to end the killings in southern Kaduna.
But despite the claimed compensation for the Fulani’s to stop the killings, the southern Kaduna people have suffered more attacks almost on a daily basis which has led to the death of 40 people in 3 days, while properties destroyed and thousands of the residents are now displaced.